Make sure you’re registered to vote on 7th May

As a national advertising campaign is launched ahead of the General Election, Wealden District Council is encouraging local people who may have recently moved homes or changed their names to make sure their voices are heard in May.

Election-2015-You-DecideCharles Lant, Wealden District’s Returning Officer said;

If your circumstances have changed, you may not be listed on our current Electoral Roll and that will affect your right to vote in the elections taking place on 7 May.

On 7th May voters will go to the polls to elect Members of Parliament for Wealden, as well as their representatives on Wealden District Council and their local town or parish councillors.

It’s a big day for decision making in Wealden.  Only those who have registered to vote will be able to take part.

The Electoral Commission this week launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by 20th April. The television advert can be seen here:

Last month, Wealden District Council sent letters to every household in Wealden saying who was on the current register of electors. If you did receive a letter or weren’t included – and you are eligible to vote – you should go online now and apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Mr Lant said:

Time is now running short to make sure you can take part in these elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Wealden to take action now if they aren’t registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote if you aren’t registered by Monday 20 April. It’s easy to apply to register and only take a few minutes online.

Wealden’s Vicarage Lane office in Hailsham will be open until 5.30pm on 20th April, and you will be able to apply to register online until midnight.  If you’re not sure, please double check. Residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by emailing elections@wealden.gov.uk or telephoning 01892 602417.

Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Electoral Commission found that:

  • 21% of people who rent privately think they’re automatically registered to vote if they pay council tax
  • 40% of those surveyed think it is not possible to apply to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • 69% do not know that the deadline to register to vote, with 13% thinking it is already too late to register. When given a choice of five options only 32% correctly identified the deadline as 20th April.

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